I enjoy writing and sharing my thoughts and experiences with applications. However, despite publishing blog posts for over thirty years, I find writing a chore. It requires constant revising, editing, and proofreading.

But in the last few years, I’ve been able to take advantage of writing tools that not only make writing faster but also less laborious. I feel fortunate to live in a time of AI-assisted writing that enables me to write and edit better-edited content than I could ever do myself.

Today, I’m pleased to share two writing tools revolutionizing the writing experience and making me look forward to writing. Those tools are FixKey and AudioPen, and they make writing a magical experience. This article will explain how they work and why you should try them.

FixKey: Auto-Correct Writing

Last week, I stumbled upon the AI app FixKey, a revolutionary game-changer. Now, when I’m typing, I don’t have to focus on manually correcting misspelled words or writing grammatically correct sentences. I can type a paragraph, and simply by pressing a single shortcut, FixKey will automatically select the paragraph behind the cursor and make the needed corrections. I’m using it as I type, saving me several minutes of typing and proofreading because I don’t have to stop and manually edit.

FixKey processes writing using a large language model (LLM), which means it reads the context of the writing to make corrections. Even if I include unnecessary words, FixKey figures out which ones to remove and rewrites the sentence correctly.

Sample FixKey writing.
Example of FixKey Writing Improvements

What sets FixKey apart is its speed. Unlike Grammarly, where I have to accept each correction manually, FixKey makes automatic corrections almost instantly. It’s incredibly useful for one-off writing tasks.

FixKey also provides different writing styles, such as generic writing improvements and the option to summarize, convert written content to bullet points, or translate to another language.

Prompt Editor for FixKey

While the stylistic changes for writing improvement are not as good as what Grammarly provides, they are good enough for writing emails and other one-off or short pieces of writing that shouldn’t require meticulous editing. Notice that you can also assign keyboard shortcuts for each writing style. I mainly use the Fix Grammar and Improve Writing actions.

Now that I use FixKey, I have disabled Grammarly in apps where I regularly write, including Mem, Spark Mail, and my Day One journal. However, I use Grammarly to edit blog posts and other published writing.

You can download a free version of FixKey, which allows for ten monthly autocorrections; however, that’s not enough. The premium is $40 per year or $200 for a lifetime subscription. I’m tempted to purchase the lifetime subscription because it could replace what I pay for the premium version of Grammarly.

Note: Apple AI’s writing features could be similar to FixKey, but that’s not guaranteed. FixKey works in nearly all apps I use except block editing or bullet apps like Notion, Slack, and Reflect.

AudioPen: AI Audio Transcription

Another writing tool that I find not only fun to use but also easy and powerful is AudioPen. It allows you to dictate your thoughts. You don’t have to speak sentences and punctuate them the way you want them typed, such as using the voice-to-text feature on your iPhone. You can express your thoughts casually as if you’re talking to someone, and AudioPen’s AI rewrites your thoughts into a coherent note or long-form piece of writing. When you first use it, you’ll be amazed. It’s just as magical as FixKey.

So, keep in mind that AudioPen is not just a transcription tool. It’s a writing companion that listens to and organizes your thoughts, saving you from having to type everything yourself. However, unlike FixKey, AudioPen does not work in any application. You have to open the web app or use its Chrome extension to perform the audio transcription. Because it’s a web app, you can open AudioPen and bookmark it on your phone’s homepage.

AudioPen features a clean user interface for displaying and organizing notes. You can also assign tags and create folders to manage your AI-generated notes.

AudioPen user interface.

I use AudioPen for journaling, expressing thoughts on a book I’m reading, or clearing my mind while cycling or driving. You can read more about AudioPen here.

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AI Limitations

AI apps like FixKey and AudioPen alone cannot generate complete blog posts like the one I’m producing now. However, these apps can streamline editing and revise sentences and paragraphs to make writing more concise and polished.

My writing process now involves having Mem (reviewed here) draft a blog post based on notes in my Mem library. Then, I might copy and paste the draft into WordPress. I edit, expand, and revise what the draft produces in Mem.

I use Grammarly to make the final edits and revisions. This process cuts down my blog writing by a few hours. Before using these tools, it would take another hour or two to edit my writing carefully, but the results were not always perfect, like having an editor. FixKey and Grammarly fix that problem.

Wrapping Up

In the end, it’s all about finding the tools that work best for you. For me, FixKey and AudioPen are invaluable. They’ve made writing less of a chore and more of a joy. I highly recommend trying these apps if you’re looking to speed up and improve your writing. You might find they’re the writing companions you never knew you needed.

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